Could it be that a high fever kills cancer cells? A variety of conventional and natural treatments are available for the management of cancer. However, very few North-Americans know about an old, yet effective therapy based on the following principle: natural or artificially induced fever effectively manages cancer by stimulating the immune system and promoting the body’s own healing processes.
The father of medicine, Hippocrates, was the first to mention the benefits of this therapy known as hyperthermia, stating “Give me the power to create a fever, and I shall cure any disease.”
When an individual experiences fever, his/her immune system is enhanced (stimulated) due to a significant increase in the number of white blood cells in the blood. The main role of white blood cells is to fight infections. During an episode of fever, the antibodies and natural interferon are also increased to better help eliminate the invading organism. Interestingly, interferon doesn’t have only anti-viral qualities, but also anti-cancer activity as well.
Fever is a sign of an inflammation or infection and is usually treated promptly by conventional medicine. However, fever is a positive reaction and it should not be eliminated because it is an expression of the body’s fighting and eliminating pathogens and is a necessary part of the self-healing process. Dr. A. Lwoff, an expert in the field of microbiology and a Nobel Prize winner, proved scientifically that fever can heal even so- called incurable diseases, while British physician D.Mychles found that fever can help manage cancer. In Germany, this therapeutic approach (artificially induced fever) is employed for cancer patients as well. A great example is Dr. Josef M. Issels, who used fever therapy to treat hundreds of thousands of cancer patients with this method, which showed high effectiveness even for advanced stages of cancer (metastatic cancer). Fever therapy also has a great safety profile with no side effects reported.
Italian researchers also discovered the positive influence of fever on cancer by evaluating a geographical area where malaria (an infectious disease that causes prominent fever) had an anti-cancer effect on the population. When those cases of malaria decreased, the incidence of cancer raised. This finding was the subject of further research studies that indicate that cancerous cells are sensitive to high temperature and are selectively destroyed at temperatures of 106 to 110 degrees F.
According to researchers from Danish Institute of Oncology, fever and viral infections causing fever are proven strategies that offer protection against cancer. This statement is based on their studies that showed a lower incidence of cancer in patients experiencing episodes of fever or those suffering from viral infections associated with fever.
Fever therapy at home
Fever therapy can be followed outside the clinics or hospitals in the comfort of your home. For example, drinking five cups of hot ginger root tea while taking a hot bath with Epson salt will “heat” your body from the inside (hot tea) and the outside (hot bath). Following the bath cover yourself with heavy or an excess of blankets for up to 8 hours (to further promote sweating). However, one should always seek professional advice and be assisted by a person during this therapy since this extreme heat may cause drowsiness.